Dennis Rainey is a Co-founder of FamilyLife, a subsidiary of Cru. Since the organization began in 1976, Dennis’ leadership has enabled FamilyLife to grow into a dynamic and vital ministry that offers families blueprints for living godly lives, marriages, and families in more than 109 countries around the world.
Dennis has authored or co-authored more than 35 books including the best selling Moments Together for Couples and Staying Close. He has also received two Golden Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Dennis serves as the senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series® which has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 47 languages.
A powerful and effective communicator, Dennis can be heard daily as host of the nationally syndicated radio program FamilyLife Today® on more than 1100 radio stations/outlets in nearly all 50 states. He has been the recipient of the National Religious Broadcasters Radio Program of the Year Award twice. Dennis serves on the Board of Directors of Dallas Theological Seminary.
Dennis has spoken at over 150 Weekend to Remember® Marriage Getaways across the United States and internationally. He has also spoken for Promise Keepers stadium events, YPO University Fellowship Forum, and FamilyLife’s I Still Do™ arena events. He has testified on family issues before Congress and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs.
Dennis earned a degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Trinity Evangelical University and Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
Dennis and Barbara have been married since 1972 and love laughing with their six children and a growing number of grandchildren. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys helping Barbara in their garden, reading great books, and pursuing his passions for hunting and fishing. They live near Little Rock, Arkansas.
Todd Starnes is the host of FOX News & Commentary -- heard daily on hundreds of radio stations. Throughout his journalism career, Todd has covered a number of high profile stories -- taking him from Wall Street to the White House.
He is a regular contributor to a number of Fox News Channel television shows and pens a popular, thrice-weekly column on FoxNews.com.
Todd is the author of four books. The most recent are:
He has spoken at a number of high profile venues including The Reagan Ranch, The Billy Graham Library, the National Religious Broadcasters Convention and the Values Voter Summit.
In his spare time, Todd is active in his church, plays golf, follows SEC football, and eats barbecue.
Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance producers for Christian radio. For more than a decade, Jay produced Josh McDowell Radio, Today's Father, Jesus Freaks Radio, and Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson.
Jay is a long-time affilate with the National Center for Fathering and nationally-known motivational speaker for Iron Sharpens Iron, marriage conferences, and even MOPS groups. Jay has sold more than half million books including the bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad and What If God Wrote Your Bucket List? His latest release is Quick Tips for Busy Families. Jay's books have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Afrikaans, Indonesian, Slovenian, and Russian. He has been a guest multiple times on The Harvest Show, 100 Huntley Street, and Focus on the Family.
Jay and his high school sweetheart, Rita, live in the Chicago area where they’ve raised five great kids and loved on ten foster babies. Jay and Rita are now celebrating the birth of grandchild number six!
Father Shenan J. Boquet travels around the world spreading the Gospel of Life as President of Human Life International (HLI). He was ordained in 1993 and is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI in August 2011. Father Boquet served his diocese in various capacities: pastor, educator, diocesan consulter, presbyterial council [chair], and diocesan administration.
Having journeyed a million miles to over 80 countries, Father Boquet collaborates with Vatican officials, (arch)bishops and Church leaders, mentors priests and seminarians, offers guidance to civil leaders, speaks at numerous international conferences, and spreads the Catholic Church’s teaching on Life and Family as part of HLI’s global mission to build a Culture of Life. Father Boquet has given numerous talks at conferences and symposia in the United States and around the world on issues ranging from the dignity of the human person and the nature of marriage to social justice and moral theology.
A frequent guest on various media programs, Father has appeared on EWTN television and radio shows, Catholic Answers Live, Ave Maria Radio, Vatican Radio, as well as a number of local Catholic radio programs in the U.S. and in other international media outlets. His writings have appeared in numerous publications such as: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, Catholic Exchange, CNSNews, Catholic Lane, Catholic Online, Crux, Legatus, and The Wanderer.
Father Boquet was raised in the small town of Bourg, Louisiana, in a devoutly Catholic family and community, who provided his initial formation in Christ. His earliest and most influential examples were his parents, grandparents, godmother and parish priests, all of whom instilled in him at a young age a love for Christ and his Church, and an active faith that was to be lived, and not merely held. He was very active as a youth in service projects with Catholic Charities and other groups that ministered to families, the elderly, the sick, the poor, and marginalized. This active faith grew naturally into a vocation to the priesthood, where the contemplative and sacramental aspects of the Faith complemented and informed the active. Father Boquet has been persecuted at times for preaching the Church’s teaching on Life and Family, but in spite of these difficulties, he has remained steadfast and dedicated to authentic Catholic teaching and advocacy.
Kent Evans is the Executive Director and co-founder of Manhood Journey, a nonprofit ministry that helps fathers and mentors build the next generation of godly men. Kent has personally experienced how the guidance of godly men can change the course of a life. Today he is blessed with a solid 23-year marriage, five wonderful sons and a fulfilling life – largely because of what he’s learned from other men. He is the author of Wise Guys: Unlocking Hidden Wisdom From the Men Around You (City on a Hill). He lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You can find him on Twitter @manhoodjourney.
Patti Garibay is the Founder and Executive Director of the national character development organization, American Heritage Girls. Educated at The Ohio State University with majors in secondary education and French, Patti shares a love of history and youth.
Over her tenure with American Heritage Girls, Garibay has been featured across hundreds of nationally recognized media outlets, including Axis' Parenting Teen Summit, Axis' Online Homeschool Convention, FamilyLife Radio, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, and she was one of the first guests featured on James Dobson's Family Talk. Garibay was named a woman of excellence by the West Chester - Liberty Chamber Alliance in 2004, was named a member of the American Family Association's '40 Faithful' in 2017, and was nominated and selected as a Woman of Influence through LEAD Magazine in 2017.
While a stay-at-home mom raising her children, Patti served in a variety of capacities as a volunteer. She served as a Girl Scout volunteer for over 12 years, receiving numerous recognitions for outstanding performance as a recruiter and troop leader.
Pattie and her husband, Pat, are blessed with four grown children, three girls and a boy, five grandsons and two granddaughters. Patti and her four siblings were raised by a disabled father who lived with MS for forty years before his death in 2004. His encouraging attitude of "why curse the darkness when you can light a candle" inspired Patti as she founded the faith-based interdenominational alternative to the Girl Scouts in 1995. She served American Heritage Girls as its first President and Executive Director. She also served as a Unit Leader for her AHG Troop for nine years.
John Stemberger is an Eagle Scout, a former Scoutmaster, and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He was the founder of the national On My Honor movement in the Boy Scouts of America and became the Chairman of the Board for Trail Life USA in 2013.
Professionally John is an AV Rated Orlando attorney with a civil trial and business law private practice who has also been a marriage and family advocate for over 30 years. As a native Floridian, he attended Florida State University where he studied political science and philosophy before obtaining a Juris Doctorate of Law at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. In 1987, he founded the Institute for Conservative Studies (ICS), a permanent student led think-tank at Florida State University.
After legislative internships in both the Florida House and Senate, Stemberger worked with attorney Ken Connor in Tallahassee for several years and then served as the lobbyist for Florida Right to Life with Connor in 1989. Stemberger has a unique understanding of law, government, and the media from his extensive political background having served as a consultant to state, federal, and presidential campaigns. In 1992, he was appointed as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Florida during the final campaign of former President George H. W. Bush. Stemberger has been quoted in news and media sources hundreds of times as an expert on marriage, family, culture and politics including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, The Economist and National Public Radio. His legal, political and non-profit advocacy work has appeared on ABC News Nightline, Fox News, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and Court TV. Starting in 2001, Florida Governor Jeb Bush twice appointed Stemberger to the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, where he served for eight years screening and recommending new judge candidates in Central Florida.
A sought after speaker around the country, John Stemberger is also a member of the Council for National Policy and in a feature article on his work, the Miami Herald called him, “One of the most interesting and influential people you’ve never heard of.” In 2009, Orlando Magazine named him one of the top 50 most powerful people in Central Florida.
In addition to the private practice of law, in 2004 Stemberger became the President of the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC). Since starting the FFPC he was Chairman of the 2008 campaign to amend Florida’s Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman which was adopted by 61.9% of Florida voters. He also launched the “Florida Judicial Accountability Project” by filing a federal lawsuit against the Florida Bar and Judicial Qualifications Commission to strike down Florida’s gag order which prohibits judges candidates from addressing issues during their campaigns and created a statewide judicial voter guide. He has also launched Strong Marriages Florida, a statewide coalition campaign, to reduce the divorce rate and strengthen marriages across Florida.
In 2009, Stemberger’s law firm received international media attention for representing Rifqa Bary, the Muslim teenager from Columbus, Ohio, who fled to Orlando, Florida after she was threatened to be killed by her father for not renouncing her faith after her conversion from Islam to Christianity was discovered.
Most importantly, he has been married to his wife Olivia for twenty-five years and they have four children Joseph, Benjamin, Hannah and Rachel. John's two sons are members of Trail Life USA and his daughters are in American Heritage Girls at Orangewood Church in Maitland, FL.
Mark Hancock began his career founding a national advertising agency and running it for fifteen years. His conversion to Christ led him into ministry as a Youth and College Pastor, Associate Pastor, Homeless Ministry Director and Global Event Director for an international ministry, organizing events on five continents. He holds two Masters Degrees in the Mental Health Counseling field, having spent a number of years in private practice, and has taught at secular and Christian colleges. He has written numerous articles on the cultural war on boys and has appeared on FoxNews Radio, FamilyLife with Dennis Rainey, and FamilyTalk with Dr. James Dobson. He was named to American Family Association's "40 Faithful" list in 2017. An award-winning writer and conference speaker, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of Trail Life USA and lives near Greenville, SC with his wife of 29 years and two sons.
Warren Cole Smith is Vice President-Mission Advancement for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Warren also hosts the weekly podcast “Listening In,” a long-form interview program heard by tens of thousands of subscribers each week. Before joining the Colson Center, he was Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine as well as the producer of the nationally syndicated program “The World and Everything In It.” Before transitioning to a career in ministry, Warren spent more than 20 years in the corporate world, including seven years as the Marketing Director for a major division of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the global accounting and consulting firm.
Warren honed his story-telling skills by writing outdoor and adventure stories – both fiction and non-fiction -- for such magazines as Alaska, High Country, High Adventure, and Sports Afield. He has written, co-written, or edited more than 10 books, including "Restoring All Things: God’s Audacious Plan To Change The World Through Everyday People" (with John Stonestreet, 2015). His latest book is a novel, "Print The Legend" (2017). During the 90s and early 2000s, he published “The Charlotte World.” During his time as publisher and editor of The Charlotte World, that paper won more awards from the Evangelical Press Association than any other paper, including twice being named “Newspaper of the Year.”
His education includes a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English, both from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Missy have been married for 35 years, and they have four children. His oldest daughter graduated from Grove City College. His oldest son graduated from the United States Air Force Academy. Another son graduated from The King’s College in New York City. His youngest daughter is a freshman at Liberty University. Warren and Missy live in Charlotte, NC.
Daniel Huerta is Vice President, Parenting and Youth for Focus on the Family. He oversees Focus’ initiatives that equip mothers and fathers with biblical principles and counsel for raising healthy, resilient children.
A bilingual, licensed clinical social worker, Huerta addresses issues related to parenting such as communication, conflict resolution, spiritual growth, discipline, stress, anxiety, depression, media discernment and healthy sexuality.
He has been interviewed by media outlets including Fox News, Fatherly, Christianity Today, WORLD Magazine, The Christian Post and CBN, and he regularly speaks on Christian radio stations across the United States. He’s also written for publications including The Washington Post on topics related to marriage and parenting.
Huerta earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He’s currently working on his doctorate in psychology at California Southern University.
He has maintained a private practice in Colorado Springs since 2003 and served as a board member on the El Paso County Mental Health Association for almost four years.
He and his wife, Heather, have been married since 1997 and have two children, Alex and Lexi.